Lambert the rescue lion has a soft side. It’s his lucky blanket.
According to ABC News, Lambert arrived at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center in Wylie, Texas, in June 2015 as a cub after he was surrendered by his owners.
“There was a family in west Texas that purchased him privately and realized really quickly things weren’t working out and donated him to the facility,” Angela Culver, a spokesperson for the rescue, said.
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The African lion loved his new surroundings, filled with exciting new places to explore, but one thing was missing. At his previous home, Lambert slept in a bed, so, to make him more comfortable, the rescue bought a large blanket for the cub to snooze with.
The gift instantly became Lambert’s ever-present sidekick, accompanying him all over the rescue and always his side during nap-time. Over a year later, Lambert still sleeps with his blanket every day, though it’s not the original one. As Lambert continues to grow, the rescue makes sure to get him new blankets more suitable to his size.
“It is mandatory,” said Culver. “Everybody knows he gets his blanket.”
When Lambert isn’t wrapped up in his favorite friend, he is exploring the playground area with other lions, swimming and learning how to “skateboard.”
The cub-at-heart recently celebrated his second birthday. Gifts included toys, whipped cream and … BLANKETS!